Corn vs Scorn - What's the difference?

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As nouns the difference between corn and scorn

is that corn is drinking horn, flagon while scorn is (uncountable) contempt or disdain.

As a verb scorn is

to feel or display contempt or disdain for something or somebody; to despise.



Etymology 1

From (etyl) (m), from (etyl) (m), from (etyl) , and (etyl) (m).


  • (British, uncountable) The main cereal plant grown for its grain in a given region, such as oats in parts of Scotland and Ireland, and wheat or barley in England and Wales.
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  • * {{quote-book, 1909, Johann David Wyss (Susannah Mary Paull, translator), The Swiss Family Robinson, page=462, pageurl=
  • , passage= I found that we had nearly a hundred bushels of corn , including wheat, maize, and barley, to add to our store.}}
  • (US, Canada, Australia, uncountable) Maize, a grain crop of the species Zea mays .
  • * {{quote-book, 1809, Edward Augustus Kendall, Travels Through the Northern Parts of the United States citation
  • , passage=The planting or sowing of maize, exclusively called corn , was just accomplished on the Town Hill, when I reached it.}}
  • A grain or seed, especially of a cereal crop.
  • He paid her the nominal fee of two corns of barley.
  • A small, hard particle.
  • * Bishop Hall:
  • corn of sand
  • * Beaumont and Fletcher:
  • a corn of powder
    Derived terms
    * corn bunting * cornflour * cornmeal * cornstarch * peppercorn * sweetcorn
    See also
    (other words for grain) * barley * cereal * grain * maize * oats * rye * wheat


    (en verb)
  • (US, Canada) To granulate; to form a substance into grains.
  • to corn gunpowder
  • (US, Canada) To preserve using coarse salt, e.g. corned beef
  • (US, Canada) To provide with corn (typically maize; or, in Scotland, oats) for feed.
  • Corn the horses.
  • To render intoxicated.
  • ale strong enough to corn one

    Etymology 2

    From (etyl) (m) (modern (etyl) (m)). (wikipedia corn)


    (en noun)
  • A type of callus, usually on the feet or hands.
  • * Shakespeare
  • Welcome, gentlemen! Ladies that have their toes / Unplagued with corns , will have a bout with you.
    * clavus
    * callus

    Etymology 3

    This use was first used in 1932, as corny, something appealing to country folk.


  • (US, Canada) Something (e.g. acting, humour, music, or writing) which is deemed old-fashioned or intended to induce emotion.
  • * 1975 , Tschirlie, Backpacker magazine,
  • He had a sharp wit, true enough, but also a good, healthy mountaineer's love of pure corn , the slapstick stuff, the in-jokes that get funnier with every repetition and never amuse anybody who wasn't there.
  • * 1986 , Linda Martin and Kerry Segrave, Women in Comedy? ,
  • There were lots of jokes on the show and they were pure corn , but the audience didn't mind.
  • * 2007 , Bob L. Cox, Fiddlin' Charlie Bowman: an East Tennessee old-time music pioneer and his musical family ,
  • The bulk of this humor was pure corn , but as hillbilly material it was meant to be that way.
    Derived terms
    * cornball * corny

    Etymology 4


  • (uncountable) short for corn snow . A type of granular snow formed by repeated melting and re-freezing, often in mountain spring conditions.
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    (en verb)
  • To feel or display contempt or disdain for something or somebody; to despise.
  • * C. J. Smith
  • We scorn what is in itself contemptible or disgraceful.
  • To scoff, express contempt.
  • To reject, turn down
  • He scorned her romantic advances.
  • To refuse to do something, as beneath oneself.
  • She scorned to show weakness.


    * See also


  • (uncountable) Contempt or disdain.
  • (countable) A display of disdain; a slight.
  • * Dryden
  • Every sullen frown and bitter scorn / But fanned the fuel that too fast did burn.
  • (countable) An object of disdain, contempt, or derision.
  • * Bible, Psalms xliv. 13
  • Thou makest us a reproach to our neighbours, a scorn and a derision to them that are round about us.

    Usage notes

    * Scorn'' is often used in the phrases ''pour scorn on'' and ''heap scorn on .


    * circa 1605': The cry is still 'They come': our castle's strength / Will laugh a siege to '''scorn — '' * 1967', Rain of tears, real, mist of imagined '''scorn — John Berryman, ''Berryman's Sonnets . New York : Farrar, Straus and Giroux.


    * See also

    Derived terms

    * scornful